The Ravens appear to be in good shape health-wise as they prepare for their regular season finale at Cincinnati.
No one is out. Only cornerback Asa Jackson (thigh) is doubtful, five important players are questionable and linebacker Albert McClellan (neck) is probable.
The key Ravens uncertain for Sunday are linebacker Elvis Dumervil (ankle), center Gino Gradkowski (knee), defensive tackle Art Jones (concussion), running back Ray Rice (thigh) and wide receiver Torrey Smith (thigh).
Jones didn’t practice all week while the other four have been limited for at least the last two days.
The Bengals aren’t in quite as good shape. Cornerback Terence Newman (knee) and defensive tackle Devon Still (back) are out while tight end Tyler Eifert (neck) is doubtful.
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and tight end Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) have been listed as questionable while six others are probable: defensive end Carlos Dunlap (illness), linebacker James Harrison (concussion), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle), linebacker Vincent Rey (ankle), tight end Alex Smith (concussion) and tackle Andre Smith (ankle).
Ihedigbo was named the Ravens Roost Unsung Hero after a strong performance in his first year starting at safety for the team. The 30-year-old ranks second on the club with 94 tackles and third with two interceptions. He also has posted career highs with two forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed through 15 games.
“Thank you guys for the honor,” Ihedigbo said. “When you think about how many men have played for this organization and laid it all out there, for you guys to select me - I’m definitely honored at that. Like coach says, I just go out there, try to put my best foot forward and do whatever I can to help our team be successful. Accepting awards like this along the way really means a lot, and it’s a testament to hard work paying off. I thank you guys for recognizing that, and I truly appreciate it.”
Tucker was voted Ravens MVP by the media after entering the final week leading the league with 35 field goals. He made 33 in a row, with the last of that streak being a game-winning 61-yarder in Week 15 at Detroit, before missing his first since Week 2 on Sunday. Tucker is 35-for-38 on the season, including 6-for-7 from 50 yards and beyond.
Because of the Ravens’ inability to cross the goal line with regularity this season, the team might not have a shot at reaching the playoffs without Tucker.
“Thank you, I really appreciate you guys. It is an honor,” Tucker told reporters today. “We learned of these individual accolades - Joe (Flacco, as Media Good Guy) and myself - earlier in the week, and we really do appreciate you guys. We enjoy seeing you guys around here. As often as we give you a hard time for being in (the locker room), trying to dodge corn hole bags as they’re flying around in there, we do appreciate you guys.
“I should say this: As important as these individual accolades are, the team prizes are, of course, the greatest ones. For instance, last year I was blessed to be on a Super Bowl-winning team. Hopefully, we can give ourselves a shot this weekend - that’s where it starts. Also, I wouldn’t be able to do half as good of a job as I have been able to out on the field without guys like Morgan (Cox, long snapper), Sam (Koch, punter/holder), Jerry (Rosburg, assistant head coach/special teams coordinator), Randy (Brown, kicking consultant) and (John Harbaugh) for that matter. Everybody, from the top down, makes this thing click on all cylinders. To them, I’ve got to give them a shout-out and say a big thank you to them.”